Health screenings highlight first black Wellness walk/run today


As part of his workout regimen, Jerome Harrell walks about three miles, performs abdominal exercises and lifts light weights at the YMCA in downtown Youngstown.

Exercising a bit of vigilance also has paid off for the Liberty Township man.

“I feel good that at age 58, my signs on everything are good,” Harrell said after having his blood pressure, glucose level and cholesterol checked during Saturday’s first Youngstown/Warren African American Male Wellness 5-Mile Run and Walk. “I got the whole nine yards.”

The gathering at Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 505 Parkcliffe Ave. on the South Side, kicked off with free screenings for cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, weight, glucose and body-mass index. Also included were tests for the HIV virus and prostate cancer.

Afterward, more than 600 men, women and children rode bicycles, walked and ran up to five miles to promote good-health practices and the importance of early detection and prevention, especially in black males, noted the Rev. Dr. Lewis W. Macklin II, event chairman and Holy Trinity’s pastor.

Many health statistics show that diabetes, prostate cancer and other leading diseases kill a greater percentage of black men than their white counterparts.

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